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Batman: Bad Blood Home Entertainment Release
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: January 19th, 2016 - Digital; February 2nd, 2016 - Blu-ray, DVD

Synopsis: When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat "family" – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight's disappearance.

Batman: Bad Blood Bonus Features

Blu-ray Combo Pack
· An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
· Featurette – "Putting the Fight in the Gotham" – Batman is the world's greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter. This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
· Featurette – "Expanding the Family of Batman" – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members. Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling. This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
· From the DC Comics Vault – Two 22-minute Episodes
o 1. Batman: The Brave and the Bold - "The Knights of Tomorrow"
o 2. Batman: The Animated Series - "Avatar"

Blu-ray Deluxe Edition
· An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
· Featurette – "Putting the Fight in the Gotham" – Batman is the world's greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter. This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
· Featurette – "Expanding the Family of Batman" – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members. Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling. This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
· From the DC Comics Vault – Two 22-minute Episodes
o 1. Batman: The Brave and the Bold - "The Knights of Tomorrow"
o 2. Batman: The Animated Series - "Avatar"

DVD
· An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.


Batman: Bad Blood Blu-ray Deluxe Edition Review
by James Harvey

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, once again, gives a DC Animated Universe Original Movie title a solid release. While lacking in a couple respects, it’s still a worthwhile addition to any fan’s collection.

In terms of audio and video, the studio gives Batman: Bad Blood a great presentation. The film looks crisp, clean and sharp, with only handful of issues with the film’s transfer. Some slight macroblocking, but that seems to be par the course for these titles. The audio track is just fantastic, sounding boisterous and heavy. The audio is crystal clear and never waivers, be it a quiet scene between Batwoman and her father or an intense action sequence. Warner Bros. rarely disappoints when it comes to cobbling together a very satisfying presentation for their animated DC Comics titles.

Moving on to the bonus features, well, this is where the studio tends to slip up on occasion. The longest featurette, "Putting the Fight in Gotham," runs over 26 minutes and actually doing deep intro the process behind the fight scenes in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles. There are some solid interviews with assorted animators and crew members who discuss their inspirations, techniques and thought-process when approaching each fight scene, the choreography and the characters involved. They even discuss Batman’s mental approach and ethics and how that effects his fighting style. The featurette touches upon different Batman era of Batman and how the fighting styles have evolved, with Batman: Bad Blood citing his influences and saying that he keeps trying to top imself with each movie. Running nearly 14 minutes, the "Expanding the Batman Family" featurette focuses on the cast members introduced in Batman: Bad Blood and their importance to both the film and the Batman's overall mythology. The all-too-brief featurette explores the comic book roots of these “family” members, leading up to their place in Batman’s world and future.

The extras also include "A Sneak Peek at DC Universe's Next Animated Movie: Justice League vs. Teen Titans," a lengthy look at the next animated movie in the popular home video line. It included finishes animation, production art, and interview snippets from the cast and crew. The featurettes refeences certain aspects of the film’s plot, and that Damian Wayne, Cyborg and Raven will be the film’s main characters (out of a gigantic cast).

Two episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (which really needs a DTV) are also included – “The Knights of Tomorrow” and “The Criss-Cross Conspiracy” – which spotlight Damian Wayne and Batwoman. Both are awesome (watch them and, afterwards, buy all the Batman: The Brave and the Bold Blu-rays and DVDs, because Batman: The Brave and the Bold is just that great). The Blu-ray Deluxe Edition is wrapped up with some pre-menu and on-disc trailers (including that great Comic-Con Suicide Squad trailer), along with a digital and DVD copy of Batman: Bad Blood.

Also, once again, props to Warner Bros. for giving the DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles another Deluxe Edition Blu-ray release. Given the growing dominance of digital media, it’s nice to see the studio add some great extra incentive to get fans to pick up the physical version. I know it’s just a small little Nightwing figurine/statue (and the paint job is actually pretty good), but it’s worth noting nonetheless, as the support for these titles is crucial for their survival. The sales need to remain strong if we’re to keep getting these animated DC Comics movies year after year.

Overall, Batman: Bad Blood is a fine addition to the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line that nicely closes out the ‘Damian Wayne Trilogy’ (from Son of Batman and Batman vs Robin). On top of being a solid main feature, the home video presentation is also nice. Not perfect – again, no commentary – but it’s still pretty worthwhile in what it offers. Both featurettes nicely tackle both the movie and all of the characters’ long history without really shorting either. They could be longer, definitely, but what we get works. The audio and video remains as top-notch as always, with only a handful of blemishes. And yeah, the little figurine is excellent incentive by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to get fans to pick up the Blu-ray release. Suffice it to say, Batman: Bad Blood – Blu-ray Deluxe Edition makes a worthwhile addition to the collection. Go pick it up! Recommended!

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